Washington Area Hits 90, Breaks Record

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A spring heat wave is breaking records around the Washington area.

The National Weather Service says the temperature hit 90 degrees Wednesday afternoon at Reagan National Airport, breaking the previous record of 89 degrees set in 1922. A high temperature of 88 degrees was recorded at Dulles International Airport, which topped the previous high of 78 degrees set in 1992.

The weather service says the temperature also hit 90 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, breaking the previous record of 89 degrees, also set in 1922.

The high temperatures provided fantastic weather for people checking out the cherry blossoms along the tidal basin in downtown D.C. The cherry trees are finally in full bloom after colder temperatures throughout March delayed their peak bloom dates.

Photos: Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom

But the unusual heat caused problems for students at a school in Montgomery County on Wednesday.

County Fire and Rescue personnel said several students at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville were treated for heat exhaustion as temperatures soared in the building throughout the day.

Five eighth-grade students passed out during a middle school choral festival in the school’s auditorium and were taken to the hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion, said fire spokesman Scott Graham.

Officials also said that the incident was not related to Wednesday morning’s evacuation of the school, which happened at about 10 a.m. after a report of a gassy odor in the building.

School officials tell WNEW’s George Mesthos that the climate systems in the buildings can’t switch back and forth as fast as the weather. At Magruder, for example, it will take three weeks to get the air conditioning system ready, they said.

Luckily, temperatures are supposed to drop off a bit on Thursday and into Friday, when rain could move into the area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jared Klein says the lowest temperature on record for the date at Reagan National is 28, set in 1997. Klein says that was the low temperature for that day. The lowest high temperature for the date in Washington is 41 degrees, set in 1894.

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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